Pacman frogs are gaining more popularity day by day. They’re so adorable and fun to watch. Who knows maybe in a few years they’ll be as lovable as cats on Instagram. But as an owner, you have some responsibilities.
No matter what the pet is, there are certain behaviors that the pet owners need to be aware of. For pacman frogs, that’s their nature of making noise.
The fact that Pacman frogs, irrespective of their gender, make noises is indisputable. There are quite a few reasons that these frogs make noises. Adult male Pacman frogs croak during mating season and rainfall, when they are feeling unsafe or to warn their predators. The female adult frogs and the babies don’t croak, but chirp and grunt when they feel threatened or the tank is being misted.
If you choose to go downwards, you’ll understand the reasons for their noisy behavior and some potential ways you can reduce the nuisance. Hop below!
Why Do Pacman Frogs Croak?
The term noisy refers to something that consistently makes annoying noises. By this definition, Pacman frogs are not noisy. However, it is impossible to deny the fact that they make noise all day.
There are a few reasons behind this:
1. To attract a partner
The main reason any frog or toad croaks is to attract a mating partner. The males of the respective species are usually who do this. The Pacman frogs are no exception to this. The adult male Pacman frogs mainly croak when the mating season is near, and it wants a mating partner.
Croaking is an indicator of the male frog’s physicality. So it croaks so that a female frog can understand where it stands in the pecking order. But there is an upside to having a Pacman frog in captivity. Since it’s rare (unless you are breeding these frogs) to keep two frogs of different genders in the same tank, the male will not make as much sound as it would have made in the wild.
Despite the reduced frequency of croaking, the noise made is quite loud and high-pitched. So you should not keep your Pacman frog tank inside or anywhere near your bedroom.
2. When they feel frightened and threatened
All Pacman frogs, male, female, and baby, make noise when they are afraid or threatened. While male frogs will croak, female frogs and babies will sometimes scream when threatened. When in a tank, these frogs don’t have any reason to feel threatened, or that is a general idea. But as these frogs don’t like to be touched, if you try to handle them too much, they will make noises because they are afraid.
3. When warding off predators
Staving off predators is another reason a Pacman frog can make noise. In the wild, a Pacman frog has a whole host of predators. So when these predators come near them, they croak or scream (depending on gender and age) to ward them off. But this one shouldn’t be a concern for pet owners, as captive frogs don’t have any predators.
4. Because of shortage and abundance of food
Pacman frogs are voracious eaters. So sometimes captive frogs may feel a shortage of food in the tank. That is when they croak.
But this is not the only food-related noise you will hear. The frogs also make noise when there is plenty of food in the tank. So during feeding time, you may hear your frog croaking or chirping, which indicates they are in a good mood.
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5. When rain falls
This is a noise-making factor exclusive to males only. The rainy season is the breeding season for Pacman frogs. Since the ponds are full of fresh water from rain, they become perfect for laying eggs. This is why male frogs croak to attract females and get the mating season underway.
Also, as I have already mentioned, Pacman frogs make noise when they are happy. So when rain falls, the weather becomes comfortable for them as they like humid conditions and moderate temperatures. As a result, they croak to express their happiness.
6. When the tank is misted
When the Pacman frog tank is misted, the humidity level is increased. This makes the conditions more suitable and comfortable for your frogs inside. So when you mist their tanks, male frogs will croak while female and baby frogs will chirp to express their happiness.
7. When they respond to other noises
Pacman frogs don’t always croak to indicate something. Sometimes they will croak in response to noises they hear. These noises may be the barking of a dog, the honking of cars, etc. It’s just a normal reaction of the frog to loud noises.
What Can You Do To Reduce Pacman Frog Noises
Noises made by Pacman frogs can not be stopped as it is their natural behavior and way of communicating. But as some of these noises are indicators of discomfort, you can reduce the amount of noise the frog makes. You can:
- Ensuring the tank condition is safe and proper. If the tank has proper food, humidity, and lighting, the frogs will not make as much noise.
- Since the Pacman frogs don’t like to be touched, it’s better not to do so as it threatens them and makes them afraid. Avoiding touching the frogs will ensure they don’t make any noises because they are frightened.
- Pacman frogs are known to croak in response to loud noises, making it important to provide them with a tranquil and serene environment. By doing so, they will be less likely to experience too much noise. This will ensure a more quiet and peaceful life for both the frogs and their owners.
- Clean water is a must when ensuring the comfort of a Pacman frog. When the water isn’t clean, the frogs will express their discomfort by making noises. So make sure the water inside the tank is fresh and clean.
- Despite all these, your Pacman frogs will inevitably make noises. So to reduce the noise that reaches you, place the tank as far away from your bedroom as possible. Since Pacman frogs are nocturnal, they will make most of their noises at night, which will interfere with your sleep. That’s why the tank shouldn’t be close to your bedroom.
When it comes to making noise, Pacman frogs aren’t at the top of the list, but they do make noises. If you feel too uncomfortable due to their noise, notice what causes them to make noises. Then take measures accordingly so that both you and your pet are comfortable in your respective environments.